Sarah Gonzales Triplett

2018 Honoree - Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award


Sarah Gonzales Triplett is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Creative Many Michigan (CMM) a statewide organization with a mission to develop creative people, creative places, and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Through her work, Triplett strategically advances advocacy and public policy to build support for the arts, culture, arts education and the creative industries at the state and federal level by: directing advocacy and policy initiatives, developing research, creating communications tools, and leading grassroots organizing and coalition building efforts. Triplett is also an instructor in the Arts and Cultural Management Program within the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University.
Previously, Triplett served as the Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Triplett also worked in the legislature where she last served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Michigan Speaker of the House of Representatives, in addition to her role as a Legislative Aide, and Senior Executive Assistant during her tenure.
Triplett is a member of the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) for Americans for the arts and was elected to the SAAN Council in 2014, where she's served since that time. In 2016, Triplett was elected Vice Chair of the SAAN and Chair the following year, a position she holds today. Additionally, Triplett is currently serving her third consecutive term as Chair of the City of East Lansing Arts Commission. In 2018, Triplett was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) and as President-Elect of the Junior League of Lansing.
Triplett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and political science at Hope College in Holland, MI and currently lives in East Lansing with her husband Nathan and son Teddy.